Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort

1 Ponto Road | Carlsbad, CA 92011 [See Map]
#10 in Best San Diego Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 602 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 215 rooms, 3 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Traditional
Best For Business travelers, Families, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Overlooking the Pacific from its seat about 5 miles south of Carlsbad, the Cape Rey Carlsbad provides a great home base for beach-going families. Recent travelers say that the Hilton's pool area was large enough to keep the kids occupied for hours, and the free shuttle service to LEGOLAND saves visitors the hassle of finding (and paying for) theme park parking. After a long day at the park, refuel at Chandler's Restaurant, which offers coastal cuisine that suits taste buds of all ages. As for accommodations, visitors will find guest rooms here are spacious and come equipped with flat-screen TVs, cozy beds and complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests who leave the kids at home can take advantage of the spa and a number of nearby world-class golf courses. Because of its Hilton connection, this resort takes part in the HHonors loyalty program.

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Awards Received

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 602 guests have reviewed the Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 602 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Shuttle Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

This property stands just across Carlsbad Boulevard from South Carlsbad State Beach, a family-friendly destination along the California coast popular for surfing, fishing, camping and swimming. The hotel is a few miles southwest of attractions such as LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad Premium Outlets and the Flower Fields.

  • About 30 miles north of San Diego International Airport, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo
  • Daily resort fee of $20 includes complimentary shuttle service within 10 miles of the hotel, including to Amtrak’s Carlsbad-Poinsettia Station

  • 24-hour valet parking ($24)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($19)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

Standard rooms feature neutral tones and balconies. Amenities include minifridges, microwaves and coffee makers and flat-screen TVs.

  • The $20 daily resort fee includes Wi-Fi access, and coupons on beach packs, cocktails and spa services
  • Hilton Serenity beds and 300-thread-count sheets

Standard room size:

380 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


Chandler's Restaurant and Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving New American fare. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance for the traditional afternoon tea service, offered Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

  • The lounge patio hosts live music on weekends from late February through late October
  • Popular Sunday brunch menu
  • Room service available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The 4,000-square-foot heated outdoor pool and adjacent hot tub overlook South Carlsbad State Beach and are prime spots for watching the sunset. Deck chairs and cabanas are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Beach chairs, umbrellas and towels for use on the beach are available for rent

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Ocean Crest Spa focuses on coastally inspired treatments using custom-blended products. Thematic treatments range from the seaweed wrap to the sea of life facial. The seven private treatment rooms include a couples suite with a tub and private outdoor area.

  • Couples treatment options include vino therapy and sound therapy massage
  • Services include complimentary access to the indoor and outdoor relaxation lounge
  • Salon services available

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The hotel provides cribs upon request. Chandler's Restaurant and Lounge offers a children's menu and high chairs.

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The 24-hour fitness center offers cardio equipment and weight-training machines as well as free weights.

  • Yoga mats provided
  • Hilton Stay Fit Kit available upon request for in-room workouts

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The hotel’s 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space can accommodate a variety of events, from board meetings to receptions for 650 guests. Several venues have panoramic Pacific Ocean views.

  • The 24-hour business center provides complimentary printing and computer access
  • Many team-building activities can be organized, including a beach walk and golf relay team challenge

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The hotel accepts dogs of 25 pounds or less for a one-time fee of $75.

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


The concierge can arrange tee times at nearby golf courses. The hotel’s golf package includes 18 holes at Aviara Golf Club and transportation to and from the course.

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


The Shearwater Ballroom and outdoor terraces provide Pacific Ocean backdrops for wedding ceremonies. The Ocean Crest Spa can arrange a bridal party spa day or salon services before the ceremony. Wedding packages for 50 guests or more include a complimentary night’s stay for the bride and groom.

  • Catering can be provided by the hotel

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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